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Spotlight: Janet Lafleur, 2015 Ellen Fletcher Volunteer of the Year

Spotlight: Janet Lafleur, 2015 Ellen Fletcher Volunteer of the Year

Tweet Share Along with a fabulous dinner and auction, SVBC’s Annual Dinner will honor Janet Lafleur with the 2015 Ellen Fletcher Volunteer Award. Janet Lafleur is a Mountain View-based bicycle advocate, blogger, and founder of Bike to Shop Day, which encourages people to ride bicycles for everyday transportation as part of National Bike Month. Thanks to Janet’s efforts, more than 130 businesses in 15 San Mateo and Santa Clara County cities participated, inspiring Bike to Shop Days in San Francisco and Portland. She has served on the El Camino Precise Plan Community Advisory Group, is a member of SVBC’s Policy Advisory Committee, and has served on the Board of the California Bicycle Coalition since 2014. All as a volunteer. Janet took some time to answer some questions from us. Enjoy, and be there on October 30 as we honor her efforts at our Annual Dinner! 1. Can you share with us how you got involved in riding as an adult? Like so many of us, I loved bikes as a kid, but stopped riding in my late teens when life got busy. I never fell out of love with bikes, though, so as soon as I had a place to store a bike, I bought a mountain bike. My plan was simply to ride for errands around Mountain View and on trails along the bay. I wasn’t expecting my friends to push me into mountain biking, road riding, triathlons and cyclocross racing. Ironically, my riding has come full circle so that now I ride mostly around town and on bike paths. 2. What compelled you to become an advocate...
Your Help Needed to Continue Willow Glen road Re-sizing

Your Help Needed to Continue Willow Glen road Re-sizing

As most of you know, we have been promoting the Willow Glen/Lincoln Avenue Road Diet since early spring. The street redesign got rid of a travel lane in each direction, adding a center turn lane and bike lanes. Not only is the Avenue much nicer to ride a bike down, it is also safer for pedestrians and motorists as it has reduced speeds and improved sight lines. The pilot has wrapped up and the Department of Transportation now needs direction from our elected leaders. There are essentially three options: keep the road diet permanently, ditch it and revert to the old design, or extend the trial. I and several others feel the pilot was too short and we could gather more data about the safety and economic impacts with more time. An extension will also give City staff more time to make adjustments in order to improve traffic flow without sacrificing safety. Councilmember Oliverio has written a memo to the Rules Committee to that effect. The Committee will take up his request to extend the pilot this Wednesday, 9/23. The Committee will decide whether or not to bring the issue to the full city council for a vote. I am requesting your help! If you are free at 2:00 on Wednesday, 9/23, please join me at the meeting in City Hall Wing Rooms 118-120 and tell the Rules Committee you support an extension of the trial. Be ready to stay for one to two hours – we hear there will be a large constituency of opponents there and the comment period could take a while. Be ready to talk...
Farm Hill Blvd. Right-sizing Project Installed

Farm Hill Blvd. Right-sizing Project Installed

Farm Hill Boulevard in Redwood City has just received its trial striping: reducing the number of lanes from four to three and adding a center turn late and bicycle lanes in both directions. This project was first proposed back in 2012 after a community meeting, two community open houses, and a City Council meeting but was ultimately voted down due to concerns about impeding vehicle flow. In summer 2013, the city did make some changes, such as adding crosswalks, sharrows, and edge lines. This did little to slow traffic speeds or prevent collisions. Through speed and volume data collection, the city found that 60-90% of people drive faster than the posted speed limit and 2-9% driver faster than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. In 2014, there were eight collisions where speed was a primary collision factor, including one collision with two major injuries. Due to the results of this data collection, City Council took up this issue again in January 2015 and approved a pilot road diet project after hearing from residents of Farm Hill who were very concerned about the safety and livability of their street. Staff put together an evaluation plan informed by a community survey that identified key priorities. This evaluation plan was approved by City Council on June 22. The striping has just been put in place this month and the pilot project will last one year. The evaluation plan will help Council to decide what to do at the end of the year. Reconfiguring Farm Hill Boulevard from four to three lanes will increase safety for users of this road, including...

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  1. *Palo Alto Bikeways and Traffic Calming Meeting

    October 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  2. *7th Annual Ride & Yoga for Ravenswood

    October 11
  3. Viva CalleSJ

    October 11 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  4. RESCHEDULED: SVBC Palo Alto Local Team meeting

    October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. Volunteer for Bike Parking – Cardinals vs. Bruins

    October 15 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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